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Big Hits Leadership

leadership picYoungsters got a chance to show their leadership skills thanks to a partnership between Pendleton Together and the Salford Red Devils.

A group of young people travelled to the AJ Bell Stadium to complete the Young Leadership Forum, through the Devils’ Big Hits programme.

The course worked with a group to develop the essentials of leadership skills, working on core principals such as teamwork, communication and problem solving through a series of fun and active games and tasks.

Following the success of the course, the Foundation then worked with the group to develop experience in working with children.

Big Hits is one of the Foundations major projects, working with people from the age of 14 to aide their personal development and equip them with life skills that will enable them to benefit themselves and their community.

Working alongside Newground Together and the Big Lottery Fund, the Big Hits programme has already worked with a large number of people in the

Salford and Trafford areas, in a wide variety of different ways, ranging from leadership courses such as this to coaching courses and Match Official courses.

Foundation Education Manager Neil Blackburn has been at the heart of the Big Hits initiative, and was delighted by progress shown across the leadership course, saying;

“Everyone’s worked really hard and shown real enthusiasm for the course, and it’s been great to see them develop as the course has developed, culminating in a really positive day at the Stadium, working with some younger children.

“It’s a massive benefit to these people if we can give them some extra skills and training to take forward into the world of employment. Through working with Newground Together and the Big Lottery fund, we have been able to develop programme that is really starting to make a difference”

For more information on the Big Hits programme, you can email Neil:

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